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NFL draft first-round blog wrapup: Goff, Wentz go 1-2 in trade-filled Day 1

The 2016 NFL draft kicked off in Chicago, and as expected a pair of quarterbacks went off the board first.

Seahawks escape with 10-9 win over Vikings after Walsh miss

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks needed more than three quarters to warm up at Minnesota. Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Steelers pull out improbable 18-16 win over Bengals

Ben Roethlisberger couldn't throw. Antonio Brown couldn't stand without help. Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Chiefs beat Texans 30-0 for first playoff win since 1994

Knile Davis had a 106-yard kickoff return and the Kansas City defense forced five turnovers to cruise to their first playoff win since 1994, a 30-0 wild-card victory over the Houston Texans on... Read more »

Jan. 9, 2016

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NFL ties, wild-card playoffs: Timpview’s Xavier Su’a-Filo set for first postseason experience

Of the 16 local ties in this year’s NFL playoffs, one is a Utah high school product who will make his postseason debut during the wild-card weekend. Read more »

Jan. 8, 2016

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Doug Robinson: Out with the new, in with the old for Andy Reid and Alex Smith

Playoff-bound Andy Reid and Alex Smith have revived their careers together with the Kansas City Chiefs after being dumped by their old teams; meanwhile, the men who replaced them are looking for work. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Broncos name Peyton Manning their starter for playoffs

Peyton Manning will start for the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Lions WR Johnson plans to make decision about future soon

Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson says he plans to make a decision about his future soon. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Morning links: Twitter reacts to Holliday leaving BYU for Utah; Steve Smith explains decision to return to Baltimore

Fans of Cougars and Utes chime in on social media after news breaks that Guy Holliday will switch schools; former Utah receiver discusses putting off retirement; how ex-Ute Alex Smith and the... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Steve Sarkisian interested in NFL coaching job, per report

Steve Sarkisian is reportedly ready to get back into coaching, but this time on a different stage. ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Twitter that Sarkisian is looking for a job with an NFL team. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Another view: Ratings plunge for bowls and semifinals shows college football must get its act together

football needs to get its scheduling act together now that it has overhauled and downgraded the bowl system. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Chargers, Raiders, Rams file for relocation to Los Angeles

The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation's... Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Week 17 NFL locals roundup & gallery: Ansah gets another sack, Clay strong on returns and Tukuafu scores

Former BYU Cougar Ziggy Ansah recorded yet another sack, along with three quarterback hits, to help lead the local effort during the final week of the NFL season. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Two-time Super Bowl winner Coughlin resigns as Giants coach

Tom Coughlin, who returned the Giants to NFL prominence by winning two Super Bowls, resigned Monday after missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Former Ute quarterback Mike McCoy to return as Chargers head coach despite 4-12 finish

Mike McCoy says he will return as coach of the Chargers despite a 4-12 record. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Morning links: Remembering Stuart Scott; BYU, Utah commits play at Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Twitter reflects on one-year anniversary of sportscaster's death; future Cougars, Utes go on national stage; GoFundMe created for former Ute Eric Weddle. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Carolina and Denver wrap up No. 1 seeds for playoffs

a closed out its remarkable season by wrapping up home-field advantage in the NFC. Denver turned to Peyton Manning to take advantage of New England's slip-up in the AFC. And Rex Ryan made certain... Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Meet the 16 players with Utah ties on this year's NFL playoff rosters

The NFL playoff field is set, and 16 players with Utah ties will be on this year's postseason rosters. Here's a look at each of them. Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Amy Donaldson: 'Concussion' delivers familiar message with an emotional punch

Football is not mindless violence. The collisions are purposeful acts of sacrifice and love, and it is that act that makes it such a valuable, transformative and unique teacher of young athletes.... Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Steelers sneak into AFC playoffs with 28-12 win over Browns

Ben Roethlisberger looked up in the fourth quarter and noticed Pittsburgh fans twirling their Terrible Towels with delight. Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Locals and the NFL playoffs: Alex Smith, Chiefs fighting for higher playoff seed in AFC

Former Utah quarterback Alex Smith will be headed to the NFL postseason for the fourth time in his career, and his Kansas City Chiefs will be the No. 3, No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the AFC, depending on... Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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Cal quarterback Jared Goff leaving early for NFL draft

California quarterback Jared Goff is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Read more »

Dec. 31, 2015

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San Diego makes final pitch to NFL to keep Chargers

San Diego city and county officials have made their final pitch to the NFL in what has been a contentious effort to keep the Chargers from moving to the Los Angeles area. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Former Ute, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith returning for 2016 NFL season

Steve Smith will play a 16th NFL season in 2016 after announcing Wednesday that he will be back. Smith torn his Achilles in November, ending his 2015 season, which he had previously said would be... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Links: Ziggy Ansah mic'd up; Eric Weddle's punishment a 'joke'; Troy Warner talks BYU decision

Former BYU standout wears microphone during Detroit Lions game; ex-NFL player Booger McFarland blasts San Diego Chargers on ESPN; four-star football recruit discusses why he chose to play for BYU. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Week 16 NFL locals roundup & gallery: Alex Smith leads Chiefs to playoffs

Former Utah Ute Nate Orchard again filled up the stat sheet for the Cleveland Browns in their 17-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015

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Eagles fire coach Chip Kelly with 1 game left in 3rd season

The Philadelphia Eagles have fired coach Chip Kelly with one game left in his third season, dumping their coach after missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons. Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015

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Ware lifts Broncos past Bengals 20-17 in overtime

DeMarcus Ware beat AJ McCarron to a fumbled snap in overtime, sending the Denver Broncos into the playoffs with a 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Former Ute, Chargers safety Eric Weddle just got fined $10,000 for ... being a dad?

San Diego Chargers levy fine on star player Eric Weddle after he watched his daughter perform a halftime show. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Rock On: BYU's hires, beautiful people and Detmer-Favre exchange

Also, a response Ty Detmer should use when his credentials are called into question. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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NFL roundup: Panthers' bid for perfect season ends with loss to Falcons

Carolina's bid for an undefeated season ended Sunday when Julio Jones' dramatic 70-yard touchdown reception powered the Atlanta Falcons to a 20-13 victory over Cam Newton and the Panthers. Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Manning angrily denies Al Jazeera report he obtained PEDs

Peyton Manning said a report by Al Jazeera set to air Sunday that suggests he obtained performance-enhancing drugs was "completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage." Read more »

Dec. 27, 2015

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Kirk Cousins throws 4 TD passes, Redskins beat Eagles 38-24

Worst to first in a mediocre division counts the same. Read more »

Dec. 26, 2015

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Ex-Ute Elliss, now Broncos chaplain, offers both spiritual, financial help

When Gary Kubiak was hired to coach the Denver Broncos, he wanted a full-time chaplain. That led him to Luther Elliss. Read more »

Dec. 25, 2015

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Raiders beat Chargers 23-20 in OT in possible Oakland finale

Philip Rivers' last pass fell incomplete near Charles Woodson's feet and the celebration began. Woodson got a Gatorade shower and then led the fans in a chant of "Rai-ders! Rai-ders!" Read more »

Dec. 24, 2015

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Former Ute, Chiefs' Alex Smith showing Browns' Johnny Manziel path to success

He was supposed to be the savior of a downtrodden franchise, a mobile quarterback with plenty of arm strength to keep defenses honest, and enough moxie to lead his team to respectability. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2015

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Ansah, Wagner and a NFL-best 10 Panthers selected for NFL's Pro Bowl

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are two wins away from a perfect regular season. They are also a perfect 10 when it comes to the Pro Bowl. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2015

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Jets give deal to receiver who held sign looking for NFL job

Joe Anderson's outside-the-box thinking finally paid off. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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NFL suspends Giants Odell Beckham for 1 game

Losing control during Sunday's loss to the Panthers will cost Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. one game. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2015

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Morning links: Grading the Sitake, Mendenhall hires; Jimmy Fallon gets Utes hat

USA Today examines college football's new head coaches; comedian cheers for Duke but receives Utah gear; former Ute Eric Weddle soaks in potential last game in San Diego. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2015

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NFL roundup: Woodhead scores 4 TDs in San Diego's possible NFL finale

If this was the Chargers' last NFL game in San Diego, it ended with a victory and a surreal postgame scene. Read more »

Dec. 20, 2015

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Austin, Gurley lead Rams past Buccaneers, 31-23

Tavon Austin scored twice, Todd Gurley topped 1,000 yards rushing and the Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 on Thursday night in what could be the franchise's final game in St. Louis. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Sports stories of redemption, loss and triumph were the most-read of 2015

The most-read Sports stories of 2015 on DeseretNews.com included an account of redemption, a shocking coaching announcement out of BYU, a tale of an unlikely track star and a tragic loss for Utah's... Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Alex Smith gives Chiefs dependability at quarterback

When the pocket broke down and Alex Smith took off running, the Chiefs quarterback made sure to pick up as much yardage as possible before sliding feet-first, just as he'd always been taught. Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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How did they play? Locals roundup of stats & photos for Week 14 of the NFL season

Former Utah Ute lineman Nate Orchard had perhaps his best day as a pro, helping Cleveland defeat the San Francisco 49ers 24-10. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Pair of former BYU players, Craig Bills and Jordan Leslie, join NFL practice squads

Rookie safety Craig Bills signed with his first NFL team on Tuesday, as the Eagles signed him to their practice squad. Fellow rookie, wide receiver Jordan Leslie, signed to the Atlanta practice... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Body of missing California man found in Utah

MOAB — The brother of reality TV star Kristin Cavallari and brother-in-law of NFL quarterback Jay Cutler was found dead Thursday. He had been missing since his abandoned vehicle was found in... Read more »

Dec. 11, 2015

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Freeney's defensive play saves Arizona's 23-20 win

Dwight Freeney joined the Cardinals a month into the season to help boost Arizona's troubled pass rush off the edge. Read more »

Dec. 10, 2015

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Pete Carroll says Seahawks coordinator Darrell Bevell 'not available' for BYU job

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he and the BYU athletic director spoke regarding his offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, but told Holmoe that Bevell is committed to the Seahawks... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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